Our Hearts in Ramadan 01

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The speakers discuss the benefits of fasting during busy months, including the opportunity to reflect and focus on actions. They stress the importance of avoiding distraction during eating and drinking, praying in front of them to encourage actions, and avoiding distraction during eating and drinking. They also discuss the concept of fasting and the importance of training and competition, as well as the importance of practicing and developing one's ability to overcome weight and achieve their dreams. The speakers emphasize the need for individuals to practice and develop their ability to overcome their weight and achieve their goals, and stress the importance of recognizing oneself and not letting emotions affect others.

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Susan Sharla for those with the check the TV's on or not

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if you haven't met him before, he is one of the lecturers in Toronto and the gifts and talks of jalapeno eat and Esna has been giving hope as year before and so inshallah today's first time you joining us in Ramadan and it will be short hopefully you've nonetheless but

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you start now will you give me the go ahead

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and show

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me loud hamdu lillah wa salatu salam ala ala alihi wa sahbihi wa salam in Alhamdulillah Hina Madhu honus the aina Hoonah stuff Euro when I will be learning and surely unforeseen I will see at the Marina Marina de la who Philomel Villa Houma youth lil fella, the Allah wa shadow Allah, Allah, wa the hula Shetty, Cara, Portia de anna Muhammad and Abdul Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa salam

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and my bad

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in the month of Ramadan, one of the things that we

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have to focus on not only for the sake of the month of Ramadan but for the sake of our entire worship in our relationship with Allah azza wa jal

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is our hearts

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and the performance of our hearts inside our worship and outside our worship

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and especially in the month of Ramadan Ramadan you know, if somebody tells you what are the benefits of the month of Ramadan, can you give me maybe a couple of benefits of the month of Ramadan that makes it special for you? This is just as a way to get us started inshallah.

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One of the one of the nice things about the month of Ramadan that makes it special for you

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at darkwa So this is one thing in the month of Ramadan. Anything else you'd like to add?

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Fasting, what specifically about fasting some month of Ramadan is fasting, there's prayer and there is Oran. But what in it? I do find especially if you experienced it, yeah.

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So this is what the Reuters said right? If you fast you will have Taqwa. And

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yeah what let's get a couple of more things and then then we'll come back to the why inshallah.

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Patience. Definitely patience here.

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Reflection. So reflection, yeah.

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Control of the neffs and control of the desire and all of these things that you guys have talked about are connected. So if we visit some of the things that you talked about reflection,

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so what in Ramadan gives you the chance to reflect? And what in Ramadan? More than maybe, let's say other times of the year, gives you the chance or the opportunity to reflect? What do you think?

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Exactly, exactly Zack Allah here. So in the month of Ramadan, there's a process maybe you've noticed it, or if you've not noticed that you've gone through it, which is that you withdraw from somewhere, and you insert yourself somewhere else. You withdraw as the brother said, when you stop eating and drinking, you withdraw more of bodily needs. It's not that you totally forgot about the body, you still struggling with the body and its needs throughout the day and night. But you withdraw more of the body and its needs that more time to focus on what

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the spiritual side the soul, so rather than always focus, let's say on eating and drinking, you say okay, but I'm still thinking about eating and drinking. Does that count as me withdrawing from? Well, let's say yes, in a sense what when you eat right, you spend time eating, right? You go and you buy the food and you sit and eat the food and then after you eat what happens when you after you eat.

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You got to sit and relax a little bit and digest. So that takes a big chunk of your time. So this is your breakfast, this is your lunch, this is your dinner, and then the snacks that are in between when you're drinking this and going there. When you withdraw from all of this. The body is is less or less obsessed about the body and its food and this and this and this and then you insert yourself somewhere else, because you have time. What are you doing with that time? In the month of Ramadan? Typically that extra time

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you're reading the Quran, you're coming to the masjid

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after Isha you praying what? Taraweeh so you're engaged in more spiritual activities in the month of Ramadan that gives you the opportunity for reflection. To think about things that you did not think about before to review who you are, to re examine your iman your relationship with Allah azza wa jal why because Allah has given you this opportunity, he says, less distraction when it comes to body and food and eating and drinking, and then more focused on the Quran and on spirituality or what induces spirituality. So this naturally will give your mind the opportunity to ask yourself those questions of reflection. And that is the thing that if utilized, well will lead to Taqwa. So, in

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Ramadan, connected to what you guys have shared with me, something happens.

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And this thing is what Allah azza wa jal asks you and this would makes fasting, one of the unique types of worship in Islam. Okay, even in Islam, it's very unique. Why? Because Allah azza wa jal is asking you not to eat and not drink things that are lawful outside of Ramadan, but in Ramadan do not lawful. So every time that you want to eat and drink, who is the one who is monitoring your compliance?

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No, no monitoring your compliance, whether you're doing it or not, he's not pushing you to violate No, that would be shaytaan. But who's monitoring your compliance?

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Exactly. That is there is no other human being who can monitor whether you're eating or drinking or not. Because you can do what you can do this in

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private, in secret, you can sneak out and you can eat and drink or no one can see you. And you can still pretend that you're eating and drinking, I mean that you're fasting. So you can hide that fact. Or as insula, I will ask you to pray. But there is no escape you have if I want you to pray, you have to pray in front of me to demonstrate that you're praying, but fasting, it's a negative type of activity. So you withdraw you do not doing anything. So the only one who can monitor that is in an essence yourself. And the reason why you would do this is

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exactly. But I mean, if you're aware of the angels on your shoulders, but they're

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Allah azza wa jal. So ultimately, it goes that Allah azza wa jal is the one who is monitoring you. So you're doing this because of Allah azza wa jal, and you're staying away from haram because of Allah, that creates or enhances your sense of maraca burden, meaning feeling that Allah is observing you all the time. He's with you, all the time.

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He's watching you all the time.

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And that

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relates to an essence are the essence of fasting. The essence of fasting is really not about just leaving food and drink. These are means

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this is just a bridge that you need to cross and it's a necessary bridge that you will always need to employ in order to reach the end. But what is the other end? What is the other end? It's not the the external observance of the Ibadah it's the internal observance of the a bada it's is your heart fasting or not? Is your neffs is your soul connected to Allah azza wa jal or not.

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Let's give you evidence for that.

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The prophets Allah Allahu Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, or obasa aiming la Salah Holman, crme de la jolla Akash. Now perhaps he says perhaps there is a fasting person, then the only thing that they get from their fast is hunger and thirst.

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who is thirsty right now?

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All of us, okay, good. So hungry, or not so much.

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So we're okay with food, but you know, We're thirsty. So the prophets Allah was hilum says, okay, perhaps there is a fasting person, the only thing that he gets from his fasting, the only reward or the only thing he's fasting is B boils down to hunger and thirst.

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Do you think that that first bad person is fasting for the sake of Allah?

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No, I'm gonna give the answer no.

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Because if he's fasting for the sake of Allah azza wa jal, what does he get from his fast?

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None of his fasting for the sake of Allah. What does he get from his fast rewards? Allah rewards him to tell me what is the sum of the rewards of fasting?

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What is the main one? The main one you entered the month of Ramadan?

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If you were fasting from dawn to sunset you want Allah azza wa jal by the end of Ramadan to forgive your sins. So if you're fasting and that is for Zeke of Allah and Samarra, Madonna Iman and YT Saba if you fast Ramadan, Eman and YT Saba, out of iman because of Allah at Saba awaiting rewards from ALLAH, ALLAH forgives you all your previous since you're getting something out of your fast which is forgiveness in addition to some other things that you'll be getting from it Allah accepting your DUA Allah azza wa jal guiding you purifying you, etc, etc. Why is this person when he's fasting, only getting only getting hunger and thirst?

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Although externally, he's fasting if you look at him, he didn't eat the whole day. She didn't drink the whole day.

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They according to you and me, when you look at them, they're fasting. Externally, they're fasting.

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What's missing?

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Something that they're doing that is compromising their fast.

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Something that they're doing that is compromising their fast the road is set closer speaking falsehood.

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In another Hadith the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Lisa Siyam Amina, actually we're sure we're in Namaaz cm Amina Allah who you are referred, is as fasting is not from eating and drinking. Oh, here is your Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam redefining for your sake, what fasting means and pushing you to a higher level of fasting. He says it's not from eating and drinking. It's from obscenity

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and useless speech. Law who will who usually is like useless speech.

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And our office is obscenity. It says it's from that.

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So there is that level of more you need to watch what you're saying. But I'm also as aiming for something that is higher

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which is the fasting of the heart.

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The fasting of the heart, how is your heart with Allah azza wa jal because that's what Allah azza wa jal wants from you.

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In your

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he badda

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all types of a Buddha, Salah Zakka fasting Allah azza wa jal wants you to do that for his sake and for no one else.

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And this is what we call it loss and what I want to talk about in sha Allah today with you is if loss is loss specifically in the month of Ramadan and if last as the month of Ramadan teaches, what is the class mean? Who knows?

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You know, no way

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Okay, good. Yeah. Sincerity that somebody if you do the answer, okay. i

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In a sense, it's a surrender in a sense, it's a surrender. It's it's sincerity, devotion, complete devotion to Allah zodion where you're doing what you doing only for Allah, and for no other return. You're not doing anything else except Allah azza wa jal for it. How does fasting teach you this? Okay, we're going to talk about its importance insha Allah shortly. But how does fasting teach you this? We already sort of talked about it. And in the Hadith, the prophet Sall Allahu Allahu alayhi wa sallam tells us that fasting is actually teaching you that.

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He says about rewards of fasting. He said, that Allah azza wa jal says, and this is what is called Hadith codici Kulu MLBB. I'm Eleni, Adam. Allah, all the deeds of the child of Adam as are his. You've heard this hadith, right? In the Hulkbuster. Must have all the deeds of the child of Adam belong to him, meaning what does that mean belong to Him? And has an attribute actually I'm 30. Here Elizabeth Emirati life has no one good deed has multiplied 10 Times up to 700 times. That's a lot by the way. Like one thing that you can do, can be multiplied that many times the minimum that you get if that action is accepted is 10. That's a minimum. And you can get more depending on what

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Okay, depending on what depending on sincerity,

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depending on sincerity, depending on how useful that deed was, and how needed it was. So for instance, sadaqa let's say regular sadaqa Okay, and we're going to assume that this sadaqa is accepted a person pays $1

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this will be what with Allah azza wa jal

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at least 10

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At least him. But now when this person gave it, he gave it in secret.

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And he gave it an hindaun want anybody to know about it. And his horror was so close to Allah that he wanted the Allah to accept that from him, that multiplication doesn't stop at 10, but goes higher, because his loss keeps growing this sadaqa. And maybe he gives it to someone who really needs it, he doesn't have anything. And he really takes this $1 As if it's a $10 or $100, because they can do a lot with it.

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And because they needed it so much, it keeps multiplying.

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So your D keeps multiplying. So it hamdulillah that's Allah, it says except for fasting

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for in the holy war, Zb, it is for me, it is done for me. And I will reward it, meaning that it is not subjected to this formula, or it's multiplied by 10. And then 700. Actually, it's not restrained, there is no counting involved, Allah will give you without count,

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without count why?

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It says in the Hadith, in Nehemiah to RUCO shahada whom in agilely, he leaves his desire for my sake.

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He leaves his desire for my sake. There's two things here.

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Okay, one, your desire.

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You know, the thing that we struggle with all the time, the thing that throws so many of humanity in hellfire, the thing that makes us disobey Allah azza wa jal all the time. What is it?

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I already mentioned it.

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The desire, the desire, the tongue, of course, but the tongue comes from where's your right your tongue? But the tongue comes from where? Your desire. Okay, all the time? Can I listen to this? No, you shouldn't. I know I shouldn't. But I'm going to. Why can I eat this? It's haram, you shouldn't. Okay, but when no one is watching, I'll eat it. Can I drink this? What's what's pushing us to do all of this? Desire? I mean, yeah, the Shavon Of course, and all of that, but there's something in us, which is that desire, that shower, and this shower overwhelms us. I know. But I want to do it. I like to do it. It's easier, et cetera, et cetera. So we're always struggling with that desire. So in

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the month of Ramadan, Allah is teaching you to do what to win against desire.

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By slowly training you and me

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to do something that is simple. Stop eating, stop drinking for this time to that time, can you do it? Okay, I'll do it. And you're in training every day.

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You're training every day. So that the next time and also as we said, right, you're supplementing all of that with Quran with coming to the masjid. So your Eman is increasing? The power of your Eman is increasing. That enables you to compete or to combat your desire outside Ramadan as well. But the point that I wanted to focus on in the Hadith he says he's leaving his desire for

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my sake, for me for Allah azza wa jal, and that's why Allah loves fasting so much. You're leaving into home for Allah. And this is what Allah wants, that you do things for his sake.

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They say that fasting in the performance of the act itself, there is no Rhea.

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What is it? Yeah, I mean, who knows?

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Showing off

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in a sense, you know, react comes from Rukia. Ah, yeah, that I'm doing something to be seen. So they say in the performance of the act itself, as you're fasting now you can talk about it and you say, you know, you know, I fasted you know, there's a joke.

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There was they say there was a nomad praying. And people were observing him watching him. And he was seems to have been praying so well. And people were talking, he said, Masha, Allah, see, this person is praying so well in his Craw, and this and his to do it, and this, and then while he's praying, he turns to them. And he says, and by the way, I'm also fasting.

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Right? So you can tell people that you're fasting, right? But if you don't tell there is no idea in it. You can try to show that you're fasting but if you don't try, there's no idea and so they say in that act, there is no Ria. He cannot show people that you are fasting. Okay?

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Allah azza wa jal loves fasting so much because it develops Atlas

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develops that sincerity, and the disease of our A badda.

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The reason why it a lot of times it may fail or we don't find sweetness in it, or it stops is that we lose sincerity in the performance of the Ibadah we don't do it for the sake of Allah. We lose sight of that and we start doing it for everybody else around us but not for Allah azza wa jal and all Allah azza wa jal says an earthen earthen yeah and he Sheikh Mohammed emmalin mashallah Kofi here, I'm a little rock to her she Rico. He says, I says I'm the most independent or not in need of associations. Athan, and other than the richest of the rich, when it comes to any associations, if you do any deed and you associate others with me in it, or leave it to those that you have done it

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to. So any other deed that any deed that we do and we put others with Allah in it. Allah does not like that dt. Ria is schicke.

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Ria, is she did you know that? Ria, who called it shake, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I want you to remember this that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam called it shirk.

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Exam and it's called it a ship called happy. The Invisible ship. He said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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AXA Roma who committed the gel a ship called huffy it says that the thing I fear more than the gel for you is the invisible shake.

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They said oh prophet of Allah, what is this invisible schicke he says and Jaco module for you suddenly, for you say, you know Salah who Lima Rama, another NSC, they he says a person would stand up and he would pray and he would beautify his salah. Because people are what watching him. People are watching him.

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So consider this hadith because it had it is significant. He says, I fear shirk that is invisible.

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More than for you more than

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the imposter Messiah digital.

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The gel, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he says that there is no greater fitna from the time that Allah created Adam to the day of judgment that is greater than at the gel.

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You know, there's plenty around us. There are a lot of fit and today

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and Allah some of them are big, some of them are small. It says but the fitna of the gel when it happens on the face of this earth. There is no fitna greater than that fitna. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said what? I fear something greater than at the gel for you. What is that? That invisible shift? Why? Because every buddy can be a victim of it. Not only the people at the time of it, the jail but us and the people before us and the people next generation and so on and so on. And it is also what

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at the jail, at least, if you have the information and you have the Eman you can see this is the jail run away from him. When it's invisible. How do you protect yourself from it?

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Before you leave your house,

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if you forgot your hat, you forgot your jacket before we forgot. nobody forgets their pants. But anyway, if you got something.

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Okay, and your mother, your wife, your husband, your is there your father? What did they tell you?

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What did they say?

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You forgot something? If there's dirt on your face on your hands or whatever you forgot to ask them what do they say?

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Your dirty go get go clean up before and then before you leave. Why? Because this is what?

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Visible, visible in your Salah if I'm right next to you, right? And you're praying, and you raise your hands like this, and you put your hands like that. And and if you make a mistake, I can correct you, right? Not that I'm watching but I can correct you right, why? I can see. And you can see. But what do you do with something that is invisible?

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How can I detect it? If I'm around you and I want the best? How can I detect it?

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And how can you detect it? If you don't pay attention?

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You're the only person who can see it. No other person can.

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Okay, sometimes you can notice it from other people, but it's not definitive.

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You're the only person who can see it. And if you're not paying attention is going to go unnoticed. If you're not alert if you don't wake up, it's gonna go unnoticed. So you'll be coming to the masjid and you will be worth praying.

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And that prayer will be for someone else and Azerbaijan and what are you coming for someone else because you haven't examined your heart. So you've come into your Salah you will leave your Salah

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and it will be as if you've done nothing.

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You go into fasting and you will fast the whole day and you're thirsty and you're hungry and will be as if you didn't fast.

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You will go to Omaha, you will go to Hajj and you will pay 1000s of dollars and you will be exhausted it'll be tired and you meet Allah azza wa jal is where as if you did not perform Hajj and O'Meara, you give sadaqa

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and you're giving dollars and 10s and hundreds and 1000s of dollars. And it will be as if you gave nothing.

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Why? What's missing?

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He didn't do it for Allah azza wa jal. You've done it for somebody else. Because when you're praying,

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you're praying because

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somebody else told you to pray you don't really want to pray somebody else told you and you're doing it just because they're watching and if they're not, they're not gonna pray.

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Is this where Allah

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or you're praying because

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showing off

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the person right next to me when he sees how I pray, he will notice how good how good of a Muslim I am. And they'll think that and they'll believe that

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or I'm sitting and reciting the Quran

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and as I see people you know around I improve my voice. Why?

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Showing up because I want people to see mashallah your voice is so beautiful. That gives me energy. That gives me the I'm delighted when people praise me praise, we're live on praise. We want people to praise us, and to appreciate us

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and to recognize us and to respect us. So instead of actually doing it for Allah azza wa jal or doing it for people to respect me and to honor me,

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or maybe for money, it could be for money as well.

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I memorize the Quran Why am I memorizing the Quran? Because I want people to say Masha, Allah Hafiz, I want that title. I want to lead in the Salah. I want whatever there is time for that prayer for them to leave to push me so I will be the one reading the Salah, I'll be the one who's ahead. I'll be the one who is respected. So I am seeking the dunya with the work of the alpha

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and that is a disaster. That's a disaster.

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First of all, that means that everything that I'm doing for the sake of Allah azza wa jal, that apparently for the sake of Allah, I'm not getting anything from it. From Allah azza wa jal.

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Second of all,

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I'm subject to punishment.

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Here. And when I meet Allah azza wa jal.

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Let's consider the hereafter.

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The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,

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the three people will be brought on the day of judgment before Allah has xuejun.

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He says the first person, Allah will ask him,

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he says, haven't I've given you enough money? A lot of money, that you do not need anybody else around you, meaning you are rich. He says yes. He says, What did you do with that money?

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He says, Your Allah I give for your sake. Sadaqa and this and this and that.

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Allah will say, You've lied.

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And the angels are saying, we'll say you're lying.

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And Allah will say no, you gave so that people will say you are generous.

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Then Allah will go to the next person.

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And Allah will ask him, Didn't I teach you? From what I taught my Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam meaning gave you knowledge?

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He said, Yes. He says, What do you do do with that? I said, Yeah, Allah, I taught a tithe and called people for your sake. And he said, You're lying.

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And the angels will say you are lying. And Allah will say, You did all of this. So that people will say you're knowledgeable,

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and they will praise you.

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And then the third person, Allah will ask him, he said, You were killed in battle. Why were you killed in battle? He said, Yeah, Allah I fought for your sake, until I was martyred, given Shahada.

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He said, You are lying. And the angels will say you are lying. And Allah will say, You were killed you fought so that people will say what?

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You're brave and they will sing your praises and will remember you after and all of the glory

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like I remember that. And we're gonna be it says that that famous poet, I don't remember the poem. Unfortunately, that verse, But he had this this poetry, this incredible poetry about bravery. And once he met these guys

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Barber's and he had his servant with him. And he was about to run away.

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And then his servant said, he says, weren't you the one who said this, this this verse about bravery and about fighting others and about not surrendering something like that. And then he turns to his servant and he says, you know, to you, you killed me. Because he's worried he's gonna run away and save himself, right? And the servant says, You said this verse, right? Didn't you would like you're the man who said this, right? And he said, You just killed me. And then he went back and forth and he was killed.

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So you sometimes you will fight why?

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Do you want to prove a point? Is it for Allah? Do you want to prove a point? So here Allah is saying, No, he said, You fought because you wanted people to say that you're brave. Then Allah will say to these people take them to hellfire.

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A woman to set out to be him who now are the first people who will enter Hellfire from among the Muslims. The more Hebrew and the people of Eman are those people.

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And then when Abu Huraira gave this hadith to Malawi or the Allahu anhu, Allah was the Khalifa he started crying.

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He started sobbing,

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why he said, if this is going to happen to these people, what's going to happen to us?

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Now you realize with who these people are, you potentially are talking about half of the Quran,

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half of the Quran

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up person who had been you know, people notice and know as a scholar, he had been teaching

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and another person who had been donating Subhanallah he could be known as a person who's been donating millions of dollars and he built this masjid and that masjid, so I'm not, I'm not saying you know, started, you know, suspecting people. I'm not saying this will always assume the best about others. This is for us. But it could be or a person who people are calling him a Shaheed he'd been, you know, murdered in battle, and these people are going to be taken to hell for what happens to us, for me, was not done anything close to these things was going to happen to me. What's the what's the thing that destroyed them?

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Their intention was faulty.

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The deed apparently was good, but the intention was wrong. And because the intention was wrong, the deed was useless. It produced nothing on the day of judgment and not only nothing.

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Not only nothing is punishable.

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The Prophet sallallaahu Selim says his mental lemma element Mima up Robbie Hayward you Allah azza wa jal Allah to Allah more in the USA by BP out of the MENA duniya lumea JDRF agenda to multi ama says if someone learns knowledge, by which or through which a people seek Allah's pleasure, and only learns it for the sake of the dunya, he will not get to smell paradise on the Day of Judgment.

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Meaning can't be distant, not that he will never ever get into paradise, no, but it will be very distant from it.

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So if you learn the Quran, you learn the Hadith, you don't anything. And people usually learn these things to come closer to Allah, but you're learning it for the sake of dunya I want to learn it to get more money. I want to learn how to get more attention. I want to learn it sweep to be praised so people can notice me so people will talk about me. Because if you do these things, it says you're going to be deprived of the even the smell of Jannah when you meet Allah has origin

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that is why in our a bad for our ability to matter. For our a better to be sweet or our a better to benefit us we have to ask ourselves a question.

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Who is this for?

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Who am I doing this for?

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Is this for Allah azza wa jal for someone else?

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And then if it is for someone else, I noticed that somebody else is in my heart competing with that attention that I should be giving to Allah, what should I do?

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What should I do?

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Cleanse my heart.

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Take the time and this is what I know what I'm saying. You're the only person who will be able to notice this inside your heart. No one can inspect your heart and say, you know, by the way, and this action today that you're doing for Salah, it's not really right, fix it, no one can tell you this. You're the only person who can go into your heart and ask yourself this question and inspect it and find out the answer. Who is this for? For Allah or for somebody else? So you have to inspect your intention all the time

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and say,

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Do I have an intention, first of all,

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and who is behind that intention? And what is the goal?

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Sometimes we do things without an intention of doing things because it's a habit. And we need to get out of that rhythm of habit and fasting because

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It's habit

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I'm coming to the masjid because it's habit I'm in Tara we because it's habit you don't have to be in Tara week do you? Do you have to? You don't have to

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and I'm I'm honestly also asking do you have to fast if you don't want to like if you say I'm not going to fast do you have to

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know I'm saying like, discount someone going to come and force you.

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You only have to because you decided that you have to understand only only that I want you to understand this you only have to fast because you decided because you have to have a nobody else can tell you to fast.

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Even salah,

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even salah you can pretend to pray, no one can tell you that you have to pray, you can pretend to be praying.

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You only worship Allah because you decide that you wanted to worship Allah as origin. So they have to ask yourself, you have to renew that intention. I'm here because I want to

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I here I'm here because I like to

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I here because even if I'm struggling with it, if by the way there's nothing wrong with us being struggling with your fast,

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nothing wrong with it.

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And there's nothing wrong if you're struggling with your tarawih

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and there is nothing wrong if you're struggling with reading the Quran.

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This this religion is based on struggle

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that there is an opposition to you and that opposition is the shaytaan and that opposition is your neffs and it's weak and you struggling to be able to come close to Allah as though there is nothing wrong with a struggle

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but get out of the idea or that that rhythm of habit I'm just doing it out of habit. No you're doing it because you want to do it you do it because you're doing out of choice. You're here tonight in sha Allah because out of choice otherwise you can leave

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but you're here out of choice. So be here out of choice I'm doing it for Allah azza wa jal why for Allah what is it that you want from Allah that no one else can give you

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and by the way anything else that you want from people

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Allah as it

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tells me when we do things for the sake of viewer what do we want from them

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give me give me things that we want from them why we sometimes when you commit shirk in our a bad okay, what do we want from people

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praise praise so I want them to praise me I want them to I want to be liked and want them to respect me and praise me whenever I come and go praise what else I want

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favors Okay, I want I want them to do me favors. Definitely. I want if I need something

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for them to give me what I want. Yeah. What else do I want?

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Name recognition. Whenever I mentioned Masha Allah He is this Masha Allah he's that Yeah.

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Money Yeah, I was waiting for money, money. Money we want money because these things right bring money. Right? They bring you money. Okay, anything else? Yeah.

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Absolutely. Mashallah. Two very good things. He told me money and he told me fame. I want to be famous. Not only that, I want people to recognize me I want to be known everywhere. And the more the better. Okay.

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Anything else?

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So, Allah azza wa jal says we're immune che in Illa Indiana haha you know, he says there is nothing except that it's Treasuries are with us.

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Where it is L Casa and that is Anna is a treasury worth where everything is kept. He says where everything is kept.

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That is with us. Everything. So if you're seeking if I'm seeking, let's say if I want money,

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I think to yourself, Why am I asking you for money?

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I'm not asking Allah azza wa jal directly. So if I'm trying to impress you to get money, okay. I may get something. But if I do something, well, I do it for Allah azza wa jal, I'm going to the source.

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And that is where all the money is. And Allah is the One who can give you money you don't need to go to somebody else. If you want recognition, now that you should be focused on recognition, you don't actually need it. Because recognition and fame is a test

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is a test and the seller for the Allah who and whom I can opposite than us today. We today we want thing. We want to be recognized. The seller on the other hand, we used to run away from it.

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Okay, they used to actually pray that Allah as though did not expose them like that because it's such a test. And Ahmed Mohamed Radi Allahu Anhu. He considered that when he became so well known sought after and after that tests he went through

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Well sought after that everybody was coming to his home, he considered that a test more severe than the test that preceded it when he was in jail. He didn't like it.

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He didn't like it at all. Actually, he gave him pain and distress that people would. Because when you are known so much your intention changes and you start doing it for the sake of people and pleasing them and etc, instead of Allah zoton. Whereas if you're not known, your intention is better. You're closer to Allah, you're humble, but when you're known, you're proud.

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So if even if we say to someone, okay, I want recognition I want fame. He says, Okay.

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The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he says, Men sama sama Allahu be he also HA HA HA HA Cara. He says Men semi says if you do things over you say things so that people hear about you. So at the summit is like like Korea.

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But react comes from Roja. The smear comes from hearing says if you're doing or saying things so that people will hear what you've done, and praise you, man Sama, he says summit Allahu Allah will disgrace him.

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Yeah, Allah will cause your news to reach people's ears but it will be disgraceful was Salgado who will hurt Cara and he will humiliate him and make him small.

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So if I'm doing things so people will praise me, what will happen is that eventually, Allah will put me down.

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Allah will put me now.

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So instead of that, if you do it for Allah azza wa jal, Allah will raise you up and never put you down.

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Okay? Always raise you up and never put you down. So whatever you want, and you're doing it well, I want a person to praise me say his praise is temporary.

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If he praises you today, he condemns you and criticizes you tomorrow.

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But if you want the praise that really matters, and never fails you and is always lasting, seek Allah's praise. And if Allah praises you, then other people will praise you as well. You don't need to worry about them. But if you worry about people's praise, they'll praise you for some time, but Allah will be upset with you and he will make them upset with you later. You follow?

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It happens this way. If Allah is upset with you, yeah, people will praise you unlike you for now.

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But they eventually will start to hate you because this is how Allah feels about you.

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So it's very dangerous to do anything for the sake of other than Allah as origin. You will lose the hereafter and even you lose the dunya

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but if you want to win the hereafter and you win the dunya as well do your things for the sake of Allah azza wa jal so before your act, you ask yourself, Okay, who is the salah for who is the sada for? Is it for so and so? It's not worth it? Is it for them to see me it's not worth it? Is it for their praise? It's not worth it. Is it for money, money comes and goes. You're having this conversation with yourself before you're a bad?

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What do I want from Allah? Allah is watching me right now. I'm right standing right in front of Allah right now. What is it that you want? You want Allah to forgive me? I want Allah to answer my DUA and want Allah to accept my salah, you have this conversation. And you see Allah make this for your sake. And then you see Allahu Akbar and you start your Salah, you say Bismillah and you start your rabada, your fasting, your sadaqa to whatever. Now there are things that will help you. Okay, things that will help you. First of all,

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develop your Eclass by devoting and reserving some of your deeds, so that they will be done in secret, hidden deeds. It's not that everything that you're doing, you're doing publicly. So some of your sadaqa should be in secret.

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Some of your Salah should be in secret, and I would want to recommend inshallah I know Al Hamdulillah we're praying Tara we had all of that in the masjid.

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But your sunnah at home

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is a lot better than your sunnah not talking about Tara we regulate sooner before the or after the harasser or Mother of Aisha, stuff like that. Fajr you're sitting at home is a lot better than you soon in the masjid.

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And that is one step that you can take into performing deeds where people are not watching. Because guess what, when you're doing it when people are not watching what happens? You're doing it for the sake of Allah surgeon. You're not doing it because others are doing it. It's not done yet. No. Okay, shall just add a few more minutes and we'll be finishing up. So you're not doing it for the sake of other people just because they're doing it. I'm doing it and then when you're home, you have all the

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reasons not to do it, but you stand up and do it. And if you keep repeating it, that will be a battle that is done in secret. So you want to do some a badass and you want to hide it like bury it. No one knows about it as much as you can, except you and Allah azza wa jal sometimes it's sadaqa

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$5 $10 It doesn't matter but it's between you and Allah no one knows about it. And by the way, don't admire yourself when you do that. That's another mistake. Or Masha Allah I have so much loss. No, no, no. Right? They say Allah forgive me, I don't know if I have a loss. Don't admire yourself because that's, that's another disease where you admire your own deeds.

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And that comes out of pride. Now, this is nothing you should consider it to be nothing. I don't even know if Allah has accepted this, but hide your sadaqa. Okay, hide your Salah. Sometimes you fast and you hide your fasting, make do and hide you to make the art for others around you. And hide that. And the more that you hide, the more that you will find out that you're a bad is sweet because it's only you and Allah is that and there's no one else. So hide it and make keep some of your Eva hidden, as some of the other might have said, you know how we, you know, our sins are hidden? Why don't we also hide some of our Huseynov as well. It's not that we only obey Allah when we're around

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people. And when we disobey Him when we are alone. No, we also obey Allah when we are alone as well. The thing is the other thing that will help you with your class is to ask Allah for it.

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Ask Allah for it to Allah grant me plus, grant me sincerity in my deeds. So I'm doing these things for your sake and not for anybody else. Or Oh to become an area or Oh to become in a summer Oh to become an alleged Allahumma India Oh, the BK an OSHA kabaka en Allah, may Allah ask you to forgive me or at escape, I seek refuge that I would commit shirk, while knowing it and I seek your forgiveness for a committed and I do not know, if I've committed a shift in my intention, I do not know it. So ask Allah azza wa jal to give you the strength to commit that loss and to stay on the path of his loss. And to protect you from the opposite from Schick altogether and to forgive it.

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When it happens.

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When you have a loss, you'll discover in sha Allah, that there will be the difference between a brother that you enjoy and I better that you don't have a better that you continue and a better that stops I better that is fruitful, and a better that is not a ballad that benefits you and the people around you and a better that not and when you meet Allah azza wa jal Bismillah, it was covered that that is the difference between a badda that seemed here to be so small, but in the sight of Allah azza wa jal, and with him, it will be like mountains, and somebody else who proposed performing something like yours or greater, and who gets nothing for it. And only it only goes back to where

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was your heart when that data was performed. So I want us insha Allah as we are paying attention to our bodies when we are performing the Ibadah when I eat, when I break my fast when I stop eating, we pay attention to all of this and we should also pay attention to where is my heart when I'm stopping to eat when I'm about to eat? When I'm starting my tarawih when I'm starting the Quran, is it with Allah? Or is it distance? If not, let me just take a couple of minutes so that I can inspect my heart, realign it, bring it back to Allah as it will make her do that it be closer to Allah so that paid Maybe Allah can benefit me with this worship that I'm engaging in. So this is it in sha Allah,

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I just want to give you a few minutes for your DUA or whatever. But if you have questions, let me know. Otherwise in sha Allah who got about five minutes or six minutes till you break your fast so

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we're good, no questions. We're fine. Have Allah Subhana Allah obey Him the shadow Allah Eli, the stuff with regard to who they could have done.

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Come to that.